ICON40 – What a Weekend!

Once again, ICON did not disappoint! This is not a huge scifi and fantasy convention. Instead, this is an intimate, fun con with so many familiar faces each year.

Highlights of the weekend!

AR Miller and I at La Cantina.

AR Miller and I at La Cantina.

My Genre Rules for Book Covers panel with Jim C. Hines. So much fun! We had a presentation with lots of examples of beautiful covers and had a guessing game with the audience – What Genre is This? Tons of great discussion about how book covers tell the reader what to expect inside. And Jim is such a hoot to present with. I love him!

Dinner on Friday night at La Cantina with AR Miller, Aaron Bunce, Jed Quinn, and Anna Kathryn Davis. So much fun and got to enjoy seeing Jed with his super manly mango drink!

DreamCon was awesome again! About 30 high school students came to talk to all of us authors about writing and publishing. I saw Nicholas and his sister again this year. Always so fun to see them and I can’t wait to read the story that Nicholas is working on. Get writing, Nicholas!

Jed Quinn's manly mango drink!

Jed Quinn’s manly mango drink!

My five minutes of fame – I was running to my first panel Friday night and got into an elevator with another ICON attendee and two well-dressed couples who appeared to be staying in the hotel. I asked the other ICON attendee to push the button for floor 3 as I was late to my panel. She turned around and said,”Oooh, look. Someone famous.” Both of the couples in the elevator turned to me and stared, as if wondering who I was and should they know me? At that moment, the elevator doors opened and I scooted out with a smile. Famous for 10 seconds! I met my fellow ICON goer, Kei, in the consuite later. Thank you, Kei!

Aaron Bunce, Josie and me at the Author Meet and Greet.

Aaron Bunce, Josie and me at the Author Meet and Greet.

On Sunday afternoon, near the end of ICON, I had a panel of one (just me!) about how to design a magic system. Great big room, little tiny me. I sat on the edge of the stage and had people pull up chairs into a circle. What a terrific discussion with the audience! I had about fourteen people there and we spent the entire time debating the effects of different magic rules in a story world.

The Tardis! Want to take a trip?

The Tardis! Want to take a trip?

I slipped over to the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art and had a fabulous time walking around the exhibits. So much fun to look at art, especially this graphic story by artist Ryan Bentzinger. Amazing science fiction story done in watercolors with monster-like characters in a post-apocalyptic world. Such a pleasure to be able to view it and absorb the story.

Truly, an awesome weekend. If you haven’t been to an ICON, yet, you’re missing out!